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Local Lawmakers Chide Bush

Most members of the all-Democratic Massachusetts congressional delegation were quick to criticize President Bush's final State of the Union Address.

In a statement, Sen. John Kerry said the speech "reminded America of eight years of opportunities squandered.''

Sen. Edward Kennedy _ who endorsed Barack Obama for president earlier in the day _ issued a statement saying that the president's address should convince Americans more than ever that "it's time for change.''

Kennedy said Bush failed to provide constructive solutions for the nation's problems.

Newly-elected Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of Lowell struck a more conciliatory tone, saying she was pleased that the president seemed willing to cooperate with Congress on formulating an economic stimulus package.

This program aired on January 29, 2008. The audio for this program is not available.

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